Local jobs set to start flowing from new water pipeline

Date published: 17 November 2017

The $215 million oversized pipeline to guarantee Townsville’s future water security is on track to be delivered within 26 months.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said there was no delay to the pipeline project and the 26-month timeline included provisions to maximise the amount of local content used.

“I make no apology for wanting to ensure this project creates jobs for locals,” Cr Hill said.

“The water pipeline will be one of the biggest job-creating projects in Townsville and Council is determined to ensure those positions are filled by locals.

“This project provides an opportunity to revitalise our manufacturing industries and upskill the city’s workforce.

The project, which includes 36km of 1.8m diameter pipeline between the Burdekin and the Ross River Dam, will be completed within 26 months of turning the first sod.

Townsville Water General Manager Scott Moorhead said the project timeline was on track and work had already started.

“We’re on schedule for the project and work will be ramping up in the lead up to construction starting,” Mr Moorhead said.

“Council will continue to work closely with local businesses to ensure they get the largest slice possible of the work on the project.”